Thursday, September 7, 2017
A Statement on Hurricane Irma from UMVIM, SEJ's Executive Director
While those in Texas and Louisiana are starting to plan for their recovery, Hurricane Irma barrels towards the Carribbean islands and the Southeast United States. Even if Irma does not make landfall, or weakens significantly before hitting the United States, it has already made a grave impact. Reports from the Barbuda government have indicated that it has destroyed or damaged 90% of the island’s infrastructure (link: http://abcnews.go.com/International/hurricane-irma-destroys-90-percent-structures-vehicles-barbuda/story?id=49665358 )
More than likely Irma will cause significant damage with whatever it comes in contact with. Currently it is one of the most powerful hurricanes in the Atlantic ever measured.
As soon as we hear of needs from areas affected by Hurricane Irma we will relay that information through the proper channels.
A couple of things to keep in mind for any disaster situation:
-Never self-deploy to an affected area without an invitation
-If you have questions about ERT training, please contact your local Annual Conference Disaster Response Coordinator ( http://umvim.org/go/disaster_response/disaster_response_coordinators.html )
-UMCOR ( http://www.umcor.org/ ) will be sure to promote any and all needs requested from areas affected
-The best way to help is to give through The Advance ( http://www.umcor.org/Search-for-Projects/Projects/901670 ). 100% of your funds go towards the project that you designate.
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